2015/16 sees Alexander Joel make debuts with Opéra de Marseille (Manon), Opernhaus Zürich (Turandot) and his North American debut with Boston Lyric Opera (Die Lustige Witwe). He returns to Royal Opera House Covent Garden for his third season there with Carmen having conducted La traviata and La bohème the last seasons. Following his succesfull debut with Royal Swedish Opera last season, Joel returns there this season for Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly. At the Vlaamse opera he returns for a new production of Otello under the stage direction of Michael Thalheimer. Further highlights include Turandot at Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as La traviata at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Volksoper Wien.

Joel has a close connection with the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp for many seasons, and future plans with the house include new productions of Simon Boccanegra and Der Wunder der Heliane, as well as a series of symphonic concerts for the upcoming seasons.

A regular guest at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Joel returned there last season for a new production of Rigoletto. Other highlights in the last few seasons have included Premieres of Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Hamburg (available on DVD with Arthaus), Verdi's Macbeth at the Royal Danish Opera, and Faust at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, as well as regular guest engagements at houses such as the Bayerische Staatsoper, New National Theatre in Toyko, and Den Norske Opera.

On the concert platform, highlights of the next seasons includes his symphonic debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (after his work with them at the Geneva Opera), and WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund. Other recent orchestral debuts have included concerts with the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, BBC Philharmonic and WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln.

News


Carmen, Royal opera House

"...Brilliant disponiert....Es bleibt also genügend Platz für ein fulminantes Dirigat: Alexander Joel hatte das brilliant disponierte und nahezu militärisch exekutierende Orchester am kurzen Band, zog die tempi an, als wolle er Errinerungen an die legendäre Fulminanz eines Carlos Kleiber wecken, und ließ zu keinen Zeitpunkt die botwendige Elastizität fehlen. Aber nicht nur das Orchester hatte einem ganz grossen Abend als einer der weltbesten seiner Art...."

Opernglas, Januar 2016 Edition, Michael Lehnert

2015-11-14
"...The conductor Alexander Joel did a good job, in my opinion, with the orchestra of the ROH, wonderful as usual. The overture was at a crazy speed, but the result was great. The chorus got a bit lost in a few places, and he helped them with very clear gestures of his hands, forcing everybody a tempo again. The strange thing (maybe not so strange) is that the most difficult choral part, the one sung by the women telling the story of the duel with the knife (La Carmencità! La Manuelità!) came out PERFECT, even if it was extremely fast. Moreover, in the libretto the duel happens outside of the stage, while in this case they showed it while the chorus tells the story. The effect was very exciting...."

opera Seconda me, Giulia Tonelli

"...Alexander Joel - who made a fine job of Puccini in the summer, delivered a sensitive, punchy interpretation of the score...."

An opera Notebook
 

Turandot, Opera Zürich

"...The marvelous Philharmonia Zürich, under the baton of Alexander Joel, relisched those rich tonalities. The five different Choral configurations, including the childrens chorus backstage, joined forces to make a brilliant musical backdrop..."

Sarah Batschelet, 13.12.2015, BACHTRACK

"...Alexander Joel was in full and impressive command of the score amd elicited some fine playing from the Philharmna Zürich, especially the busy percussive section...."

John Rhodes, Opera News 13.12.2015

"...Souverän die musikalische Gestaltung, die unter der Leitungvon Alexander Joel die grossartige Farbpalette der Partitur voll zur Geltung bringt...."

Herbert Büttiker, 13.12.2015

Manon, Opera Municipale de Marseille

"...Or divine surprise, cette nouvelle distribution sous la direction du chef viennois Alexander Joel vous cueille dès les première notes, dès les premiers accords tranchants d’un orchestre qui maintiendra la tension jusqu’au dernier soupir final. Alexander Joel tient son petit monde au doigt et l’œil ; vigilant, attentif, bienveillant. L’harmonie entre le plateau et la fosse est tout de suite évident. L’orchestre de l’opéra donne le meilleur, les chœurs sont impeccables et les chanteurs se dépassent. Le chef rend pleinement justice à la musique de Massenet et l’orchestre, loin de se contenter du rôle d’accompagnateur, devient un protagoniste à part entière...."

La Marseillese, Septembre 2015

"....L’Orchestre de l’Opéra récolte aussi les suffrages. La baguette fine d’Alexander Joël est à l’écoute du plateau. Le maestro modère à bon escient la masse orchestrale, jusque dans les infimes nuances...."

Journal Zibeline
JACQUES FRESCHEL
Octobre 2015

Turandot, Deutsche Oper Berlin, September 2015


"...Pure Prachtentfaltung, als wolle man die stupide Nüchternheit der Bühne ausgleichen, fand im Orchestergraben unter der Leitung von Alexander Joel statt..."

20.9.2015, Der Opernfreund Ingrid Wanja




2015/2016 Preview

Concerts:

WDR Konzerthaus Dortmund (Mai 2016)
Orchestre de La Suisse Romande (June 2016)
Vlaamse opera Orchester (January 2016)

New Opera Productions:

Manon (Marseilles)
Otello (Vlaamse Opera)
Merry Widow (Boston Lyric opera)

Revivals:

Carmen (Royal Opera House Covent GArden)
Turandot (Zürich Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Madama Butterfly (Royal Swedish opera)
La Traviata (Staatsoper Hamburg and Volksoper Wien)
Don Giovanni (Royal Swedish opera)